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TGIF: The Shouty Librarian


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Back on Track

Where are the book reviews???  I’m still reading – I’ve just been doing a lot of blogging elsewhere, mostly on the As You Like It blog.  Here’s a quick peek at some titles I plan to review soon:

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Library Pets

Reading Dewey reminded me of the guinea pigs we had at the Rossford Library.  I loved taking care of the little guys but I constantly had to remind children to NOT a) bang on the cage b) feed the piggies erasers c) yell at the piggies d) any number of other things.  One of the good things that we did do was start a ‘Buddy’ program—with parents’ permission, I worked with a couple of buddies at a time to introduce kids to pet ownership.  Once a week, the buddies helped me clean the cages and then we all took some time to pet the guinea pigs and let them scamper about for a little supervised cage-free time.

When I was managing the DeMotte branch, someone abandoned a kitten in our parking lot—this briefly brought up the thought of having a library cat.  Half of the staff wanted me to ask the Director, half did not.  I personally love animals—and this kitten was beyond adorable—but I decided not to raise the question.  Some people don’t like cats, some are severely allergic—and some lose their interest, particularly as the animal gets older—this was one of the hardest sections to read in Dewey.  As he got older, thinner and more scraggly, people wanted to replace him.

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Librarian Night Before Christmas . . . another reason to subscribe to Publib

‘Twas the night before Christmas, not a book to be found

Not a textbook, a paperback or tome, spiral bound.

The stockings were hung from the chimney with care

In hopes that the Librarian soon would be there.

The children were gathered, bored silly in their beds

For no books could be found out loud to be read!

There were toys and games and puzzles and maps

But nothing to read – might as well take a nap!

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter!

We sprang from our beds to see what was the matter

Then, what we saw – what was that? Rats?

No! A miniature bookcart led by eight tiny cats.

With a gorgeous driver, by the name of Marian,
I knew in a moment it must be the Librarian!
Faster than speed reading, the cats flew with perfect aim
And Marian whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

Now Gatsby! Now Holden! Now Lorax & Grinch!

On Rhett! On Scarlett! On Atticus & Finch!

The cats echoed their names to one and to all.

They flew to the roof and they flew to the wall!

And then, from the roof I heard tiny paws
The prancing and preening of kitty cat claws
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Marian came with a bound.

She was dressed in her work clothes, from her head to her foot

The bundle of books she carried was covered in soot,
She had come straight from the library where books are free.

To patrons with cards it’s a book potpourri!

A wink of her eye and a twist of her head,
She distributed books and left nothing unread!

She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work,
And filled all the stockings; She was more than a clerk!

Then she sprang to her bookcart, to her team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard her exclaim, as she drove out of sight,
“Season’s Readings to all, and to all a good-night.”

Parody by Lisë Chlebanowski

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Shushing . . . It’s Not Just for Librarians Anymore

There was a brief power outage downtown yesterday—inside the library lights went out, computers went dark and, as an added bonus for staff in workrooms, doors slammed shut.  Not much rattles librarians but power outages do generate atypical librarian behavior.  We gather in groups at department desks because it’s our best chance of learning a) what caused the power outage b) how quickly power is expected to be restored c) what the plan of action is.  Business as usual has just been thrown into a tizzy—it’s an online world and everyone’s plan for the day has just been thrown out of whack.

Or so it would seem.  Amidst the general confusion—patrons staring forlornly at dark computer screens, people roaming the building in seek of answers, librarians gathered at the reference desk—someone unconnected with the online world was still trying to work and the daylight streaming in from the windows was sufficient for her needs—but the talking at the reference desk was really getting on her nerves.  It was a tough call to make but someone had to make it—she shushed the librarians.

The librarians are still blushing.

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A Sad Day for Publib

Publib is one of my favorite listservs—it’s a wonderful forum for discussing issues facing public libraries—and up until recently, it’s also been sprinkled with a healthy dose of humor, mostly courtesy of Joe Schallen and John Richmond.  In June 2008 there was a flurry of posts now referred to as “The Hydrox Wars” when a few listserv subscribers challenged the humorous posts and stated there was no room for them on a professional listserv.  Ugh.  We’re talking about the occasional humorous post/thread, not a daily dozen.  Anyway, things have been rather quiet on publib lately—and that feeling of community hasn’t been as strong—it’s hard to maintain a feeling of camaraderie if you feel that you have to be 100% serious all of the time.

Joe has taken the criticism to heart—his humorous posts will now be directed to his blog.  I will miss his posts to publib but I’m grateful that he’s still maintaining an online presence.  Now if only he and John would work on a television script based on libraries . . .

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My boss is awesome!!!

I am lucky to have such a fantastic boss.  She’s available when I have questions, supportive when I need support, and flexible as often as she can be.  She also brought me this really cool gift when she came back from vacation.  My boss rocks!

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